Commission for Ka Hale Ohuna
In 2015 we were pleased to be commissioned to create a piece for Ka Hale Ohuna, a restaurant founded by chef Lee Ann Wong in Kaimuki, in O’ahu.
Tessellation (‘ili ku pono)
Archival print on habotai silk, enamel paint, powdered pigment, epoxy resin on multiple wood panel – Sally Lundburg & Keith Tallett (Les Filter Feeders), 2015.
The shapes and forms of our “Tessellation” series reference natural and unnatural geographical zones, animal and human habitats, and fractal geometry. “Tessellation (‘ili ku pono)” , is inspired by the mythological origin of the Taro plant in Hawaii, upland and lowland methods of cultivation, and the idea of cultural land divisions that still exist, invisible, yet present in the landscape that surrounds us.
“Probably the most permanent units of land were the sections of the ahupua’a termed ‘ili, or ‘ili ‘aina. These were the portions of ahupua’a land allotted to the families which lived on them and cultivated them. Some ‘ili permanently belonged to families; these were termed ‘ili ku pono, strips (‘ili) standing (ku) in their own right (pono)….(and), of all the land divisions and varieties of land rights, seems to have carried the only form of title that was permanent.”
E.S. Craighill Handy and Elizabeth Handy with the collaboration of Mary Kawena Pukui. Native Planters in Old Hawaii. Honolulu, Hawaii: Bishop Museum Press, 1991